Billboards to Call Jesus a Myth

By Dr. Chuck MisslerKoinonia House

"I challenged my NT colleagues to designate one passage from any one of the four Gospels giving clear evidence of a date later than 50 A.D. . . . The challenge was not met, nor will it be, for there is no such passage." - C. C. Torrey, professor of Semitic Languages at Yale from 1900 to 1932. The atheist groups are proselytizing unbelief again. This year, one group's seasonal billboards will blaze out beside highways in Florida, Ohio, and the New Jersey side of the Holland Tunnel the message that Jesus is a myth, just like the Roman god Neptune.

American Atheists has spent money for several years now on anti-faith billboard messages. The group announced on Monday its theme for the season - that Jesus is a myth. One billboard in Florida, for instance, will show pictures of both Jesus and Neptune crossed out and a caption that says, "2 Million Floridians don't believe in gods." Another shows pictures of Neptune, Jesus, Santa Claus and Satan under the headline, "37 Million Americans know MYTHS when they see them."

American Atheists is not alone. The trend of calling Jesus a myth (read "non-historical" or even "non-existent") has run along the west side of the United States too, albeit a bit badly. An atheist group called Backyard Skeptics got drubbed in late October for wrongly attributing a skeptical quote to Thomas Jefferson. The group paid to put up a billboard of a picture of Jefferson along with the quote, "I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature. It is founded on fables and mythology."

Thomas Jefferson said that?

In fact, there's no evidence that he did. According to the Jefferson Library Collection at Monticello, there is no record that Jefferson ever wrote those words. In his book Six Historic Americans (1906), John E. Remsburg claims that Jefferson wrote the following in a letter to a "Dr. Woods":

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